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deird1 ([personal profile] deird1) wrote2016-07-04 04:52 pm
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welcome to democracy

Well, I've spent the last two days frantically reading news sites and Reddit-Australia, and I still have more election flailing to do, so I'm going to tell you all about it...

Firstly, for the Aussies:



And for everyone else:

We just had an election. It was rather odd.

Normally, we have an election 3 years after the previous, during which we vote for the House, and half of the Senate. Then, we all turn on the telly at 8-ish, to find out that one party is well ahead of the others, and go "Right. So, that's our new Prime Minister chosen." before switching the channel.

This year...
- Our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, called the election early, and made it a special kind where we elect the entire Senate instead of just half. This was referred to at the time (in several newspapers) as a "masterstroke" that proved Turnbull "was never short of a plan".

- We had a long campaign (8 weeks), in which both parties pretty much did what you'd expect, with most people predicting that the Coalition (Turnbull's party) would be returned to power.

- We then had an election. At 8-ish, the husband and I turned on the telly, to find out that the parties were... pretty much even. We shrugged, and switched to Independence Day.

- At 10-ish, we switched back to the news, to discover that the parties were still pretty even. We gave up, and went to bed.

- Two days later, and things are STILL almost tied, and we won't know the result for nearly a week. Said result will probably end up as a dead heat, with both parties scrambling for the leadership.

- Turnbull's "masterstroke" is now being discussed in the papers as the stupidest idea ever.

- Turnbull's election night speech basically said "The opposition lied to the voters, which was why we lost." Which. Guys. Even if you're RIGHT, saying to people "you got fooled because you were gullible, YOU STUPID VOTERS" is not the way to get them on your side.

- The opposition are looking very smug.

- Some very strange people have managed to grab senate seats, including a racist nightmare of a politician who we all thought we'd gotten rid of back in the 90s.


...and that's where we're at.
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[personal profile] heliopausa 2016-07-04 08:06 am (UTC)(link)
Nor can I.
and the Medicare stuff wasn't a lie; see this article about how the LNP government was trying to kill by a thousand cuts, including the freeze on rebates, the cutting of hospital funding and staggeringly, the plan to outsource reponsibility for repayments to private overseas finance companies.
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[personal profile] kerkevik_2014 2016-07-04 08:57 am (UTC)(link)
Any word on how the Australian Sex Party has done? Wish we had them over here.

How does this look to compare on the Trump-Brexit scale of WTF Have We Done? btw.

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[personal profile] slaymesoftly 2016-07-04 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
It's nice to know we aren't the only ones apparently losing our minds. :)
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[personal profile] snickfic 2016-07-04 10:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Could there have been one of those Quellers called down from space, except instead of going after crazy people, it makes new ones? All over the earth? What a hell of a year it's been, and it's barely halfway over.
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[personal profile] slaymesoftly 2016-07-04 10:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Seriously.... worldwide insanity
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[personal profile] snickfic 2016-07-04 10:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my. My completely mature, informed opinion is that no man with a name like Malcolm Turnbull could possibly be trustworthy.

May you live in interesting times, indeed. :P
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[personal profile] megpie71 2016-07-05 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
My considered opinions, as an Aussie, on the whole mess:

1) It's a known thing about double dissolutions that they can come back and bite you in the bum. Particularly when you call this double dissolution over a minor piece of industrial relations legislation which never gets mentioned again, despite the fact it was apparently So Important to the government that they were willing to go to a double dissolution over it. So there's that.

2) The Medicare thing may have been a lie. But it was a believable lie, because the Liberals have long-term form for wanting to destroy our public health system. They tried under Fraser (bringing in Medibank Private to let people with private health cover opt out of paying for the public system while still being able to use it). They tried under Howard (bringing in the Private Health Care rebate on the Medicare levy to let people with private health cover opt out of paying for the public system while still being able to use it). They tried under Abbott (GP co-payments; need I say more?). And they were trying under Turnbull because the task-force which had been called was originally called under the heading of privatising the whole Medicare system, not just the back office processing side of it (with all its lovely personal data that the big companies aren't just salivating to get their greedy mitts on). So it's a "lie" with a bit of historical force behind it.

3) By now the Liberals have to be realising that "Malcolm" is an inauspicious name for a leader.

4) The main people who find hung parliaments and minority governments troublesome are a) factional apparatchiks in the major parties; and b) political journalists in the mainstream media who spend most of their time cultivating said factional apparatchiks. The factional bosses find it annoying because all of a sudden they're not in a position where they can really wheel and deal all that effectively. The journos find it annoying because all of a sudden there's these crucial newbies to the Canbrrra scene who Don't Know Who They Are, and who won't give interviews nearly often enough to justify the journo's expenses budgets.

5) The real electoral curiosity at this particular poll was the number of near-identical right-wing parties which sprouted up like mushrooms.
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[personal profile] megpie71 2016-07-05 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
I think the sad thing is if they'd just all amalgamated into the "Right Wing Bigots (Piss Off Forriners!) Party" they'd have won a lot more seats. As it stands, as separate groups, the only person they can point to as "one of theirs" in parliament is Pauline Hanson. So I find myself wondering what it was kept them all separate, and thanking any gods paying attention to the matter for the egos of the various demagogues at the heads of the various parties.